Lisa writes, "Try as we may, we weren't able to turn up even a single study on oil pulling's detoxing actions in preparation for this article, which was published in February of 2007."
This is no surprise to me. Studies like that are very expensive and always funded by drug companies or other parties that have a special interest ($$$) in the outcomes (like the FDA).
She also writes, "Some oil pullers swear they only use refined oils; others claim only pure, unrefined oils will do. The problem is that each oil has unique chemical properties. Shouldn't there be a "best" oil if oil pulling was a legitimate detoxing practice?"
She references only one website (Oilpulling.com) as if it were the primary resource for info about oil pulling. Just because some guy paid $10 for a domain name and wants to share info on what he believes to be a good practice doesn't make him the universal expert on the topic. I suggest reading more about it and my favorite site is Earthclinic.com because it shares testimonials from hundreds of people around the world who swear by it. Also, it does give suggestions on the best type of oil to use.
She also writes, "Since writing the original oil pulling piece, I've received hundreds of (often profanity-filled) letters from pro-OPers. I'm not sure why oil pulling inspires such passionate responses but it has been interesting to see the various explanations for oil pulling change over the past several months."
I can understand why. It seems remarkable to me that she wants so much to disclaim something that has made such a positive impact on thouands of people's lives. Of course they are spewing profanity, since she is totally minimizing the impact it has had on their lives and discrediting and discouraging others from trying it without any studies of her own that she seems to think are the only way to prove that it works.
She claims that she has nothing to gain by writing against it (except the increased foot traffic to her site from the controversy and the money she makes from the hundreds of Google Ad clicks that make up most of her site...hmmmm).
She is also a self-proclaimed skeptic.... ewww!
Ok, getting off my soap box now and going to try and get a life!